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Best bakeries (for bread)

Making a short trip to NYC in early April, and I'm interested in bread bakeries (in Manhattan). Already on my list are Sullivan St Bakery, Amy's, GranDaisy.....can you suggest any others? TIA.

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  1. Other Manhattan options:
    Pain D'avignon
    Blue Ribbon Bakery Market
    Balthazar
    Silver Moon

    There are lots of new bread makers on the scene lately, including:
    Bien Cuit's new Manhattan location
    Maison Kayser's new Manhattan location
    Landbrot - 2 locations
    Hot Bread Kitchen - Harlem

    Don't discount Runner & Stone or SCRATCHbread in Brooklyn, which have also been getting buzz.

    See also:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784774
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/780158
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/good_b...

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    1. re: kathryn

      As Kathryn says,"don't discount Runner & Stone..."
      If time is not a factor and bread is a passion take the R train from Union Square to Union St.

    2. Orwasher's... best darn rye I ever tasted. Been around since 1916.

      http://www.orwashers.com/

      308 East 78th Street, NY, NY 10075
      102 Franklin Street NY, NY 10013

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      1. re: iluvcookies

        I second Orwasher's for rye bread.I used to live in an apartment that faced their vents. I smelled the bread baking every morning . Fantastic. All Good Things in Tribeca , houses a "booth" that sells Orwasher's rye bread. Grandaisy Tribeca is only about 4 blocks from there, so going to both is easy. Actually, at All Good Things , they give away free tastes of the rye bread, so you don't have to buy a loaf.

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          Never even knew about All Good Things in Tribeca. What else do they sell from Orwasher's (or other vendors) that is worth getting?

      2. I am not a big fan of Amy's and Sullivan st bakery but I do love baguettes from Pain D'avignon, Some people love bread from Maison Kayser but I found them to be too dense and thick in texture. Balthazar is too crusty in my opinion though their potato onion bread is amazing.
        Bread from Pain D'avignon has the perfect crust and chewy and slightly doughy inside. I love Tom Cat's baguettes too and they are available in many supermarket.

        1. My favorite bread these days is from Il Buco A&V. Maybe followed by Bien Cuit.

          1. Not strictly speaking a bread bakery, but Parisi on Mott for the best prosciutto bread anywhere (also available at Faicco on Bleeker). And Eric Kayser, especially for their gruyere bread, awesome!

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            1. re: City Kid

              +1 for Parisi prosciutto bread, though I also like Faicco's own prosciutto bread. Parisi semolina and Italian breads are also excellent.